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    Anxious to read Sci-fi and as well as share it.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by James Huston, Sep 25, 2011.

    Not much to tell. I’m well-traveled and have a bachelor of science in film. I am passionate about directing films and hope to have a serious career in the film industry one day. I also devote much of my time to the field of special education focusing on the subject of social skills education and autism. I find writing to be just as effective a tool as film making when it comes to telling stories. The nicer thing about writing is that it can often be less restrictive to the imagination.

    I started writing in high school being privately taught for two years. Wrote a book in back than. It wasn’t very good as it was really a learning tool more than a professional piece. I rewrote that story in college… but that novel was an abismal failure as well. Lol, I am rewriting it again and wouldn’t you know it friends and family agree that so far (so far) third time is a charm :p

    Aside from the book I can’t stay away from the science fiction genre. I tend to write a lot of short stories based around one strong moral dilemma or theme that I like the reader to think about at the end of the story.
     
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    Hello James, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    I favor science fiction myself, although I woould both read and write outside that genre as well.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Writing Workshop, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Writing Workshop, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Writing Workshop forum). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     
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    RE: hello James

    Thank you for the quick response. I'm taking the advice on the introduction letter and looking around all sections of the forum. I like the feel of the site and find the submission and critique design etiquette and smart. It attracted me to the site for I knew I could find some interesting work to read here as well and receive valuable critique on my own work (once I eventually post some).

    I am in love with sci-fi, but I also make sure to both read and write several other genres. Mystery, Fantasy, Drama, they're all great...
     
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    Welcome to the forum! It's a very good place to lurk as well as take in ideas and feedback that may apply to you even if the statements are not directed at you specifically.

    I can't say that I am in love with science fiction but, in my mind at least, it offers great scope to project my humanistic ideas onto the face of the world without forcing the reader too far outside the realm of reality. Frankly I find the idea of writing some fantasy very tantalising as well however I have not read enough to have a good grasp on what works and what does not.
     
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